MISSISSAUGA, Ontario — Target Canada here said it plans to open 31 stores on Nov. 13 and two on Nov. 22, completing its rollout of 124 stores for the year and nearly completing the conversion of the Zellers stores it acquired in 2011.
“The final store openings for this year mark a major milestone in Target's history,” said Tony Fisher, president, Target Canada. “The goal for our Canadian expansion was to open 124 stores across all ten provinces in 2013, and we are proud to say that with the help of more than 20,000 Canadian team members nationwide, we have accomplished this unprecedented undertaking.”
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The majority of the 33 locations will feature a licensed Starbucks, as well as an in-store pharmacy. As previously announced, the majority of stores in Quebec will offer Brunet pharmacies, which are scheduled to open starting in summer 2014.
Target said it would announce details about further openings at a later date.
In 2011, Minneapolis-based Target Corp. acquired 189 leases from Zellers, but transfered some to Wal-Mart and retained 134 for conversion to Target. The stores, which the company said had an uneven start in terms of initial sales perfromance, mark Target’s first venture outside the U.S.
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